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How can I find a Wellness Doctor who takes my insurance?
First find a Wellness Doctor that best fits your needs, review their experience, and determine that the location is convenient for you. Then, from that page, upload your insurance information. The Doctor’s office will contact you to verify whether your plan is accepted.
Would I have to pay more if I use my out of network benefits?
Many plans allow for access to out of network providers for the same out of pocket cost as in network providers.
What is a "mystery illness"?
A mystery illness is an undiagnosed or difficult to diagnose illness. They are often caused by chronic infections with multiple symptoms, across multiple systems in the body that are often debilitating. They can be caused by inflammatory responses to toxins that can accumulate in the body. Mold toxins and mold toxicity illness, glyphosate toxicity, and EMF sensitivity are examples. Mystery illnesses are often complicated by the presence of other conditions that compromise the body’s ability to heal, making an accurate diagnosis, and treatment plan, complex.
What is preventive IV therapy?
For patients with certain gastrointestinal conditions, IV vitamin treatments can help provide necessary nutrition that their stomachs can't absorb. Most adults can get IV treatments safely, but the exact details of the IV treatment should be discussed with a medical professional before deciding on the ingredients. This treatment is contraindicated for anyone with compromised kidney function or renal failure.
What is Functional Neurology?
Functional Neurology is sometimes referred to as Chiropractic Neurology. Functional neurology developed within the chiropractic profession for two reasons: chiropractic neurologists use spine and extremity manipulation to affect the autonomic nervous system. Additionally, pharmaceuticals and surgery are not therapeutic options available to chiropractors. Functional neurologists base treatment on the concept that stimulation of an area is enough to engage the brain’s inherent neuroplasticity, which is its ability to heal itself from certain injuries and conditions.
What is digital acupuncture?
In traditional Eastern acupuncture, one needle is used at each treatment point. Digital Acupuncture or Electroacupuncture is a modified form that uses two needles. A mild electric current passes between these needles during treatment, and provides more stimulation to acupoints than needle twirling or other hand manipulation techniques. Electroacupuncture is generally very safe if done by a skilled provider. However, if performed incorrectly, it can cause internal injuries or even electric shock.
What is Bioenergy Balancing?
Bioenergy Balancing combines Western medical principles with Eastern concepts of chi and the meridian/chakra systems. Bioenergy balancing uses applied kinesiology to test for variations in muscle strength. The body's responses are believed to reveal the basis for physical symptoms, recurrent emotional patterns, past traumas, and allergies.
What is adrenal fatigue, and how is it treated?
Adrenal fatigue is not an accepted medical diagnosis. It is the notion that our adrenal glands get overworked by stress and stop producing hormones we need, including cortisol. The medical term "adrenal insufficiency" refers to inadequate production of one or more hormones as a result of an underlying disease or surgery. Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by blood tests and special stimulation tests. Some options for treatment include oral corticosteroids to replace cortisol given on a schedule to mimic the normal 24-hour fluctuation of cortisol levels.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathic practitioners believe that a small amount of a substance which causes a disease will stimulate the body to heal itself. The theory is analogous to modern day vaccination whereby exposure to a small amount of a killed or inactivated microbe can result in protection against developing the disease. Another theory underlying homeopathy is that of potentization. It's thought that the more dilute an ingredient, the more potent it becomes, and that by diluting and agitating an ingredient its curative properties are activated and enhanced.
What is Applied Sound Therapy?
Applied Sound Therapy is a method of restoring integrity to cells, tissues and organs with sound waves. Like ultrasound it is transdermal, however, its frequencies are in the audible sound spectrum.
Can I find a Wellness Doctor who sees patients during the weekend?
PreferredMD’s online service allows you to see real-time availability for Wellness Doctors that offer appointments on Saturdays and Sundays. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page. 
Can I make a same-day appointment for a consultation with a Wellness Doctor?
PreferredMD patients can often get same day appointments; on average within 24 hours. You can search for real-time availability of Wellness Consultations in your area, with Doctors who accept your insurance and make an appointment online. 
What is Thermography testing?
Thermography uses infrared technology to detect and record temperature changes on the surface of the skin. When a cancerous growth develops, there may be inflammation in the tissue that raises skin temperature, which a thermal camera can 'map’. Some facilities offer thermography as an alternative to mammography as it does not use radiation, it is a 'non-contact, no compression' modality, it can detect vascular changes that bear investigation many years before other methods, and it is effective with dense tissue and implants.
What does Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency treat?
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT, or PEMF therapy), also known as low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) uses electromagnetic fields for the clinical treatment of non-healing fractures, tendon tears, chronic ulcers, post-surgical pain, and acute or chronic pain. The magnetic fields create specific micro-currents within tissue that cause local and global improvement by aiding or restarting cellular signaling. Unfortunately, there is no strong consensus on specific intensities, frequencies, or waveforms for particular conditions.
What is low dose Immunotherapy?
Low Dose Immunotherapy retrains the immune system to tolerate specific antigens, such as foods, bacteria, viral or fungal pathogens. Low dose immunotherapy is ideal for patients who are reactive to many foods, chemicals and with certain autoimmune or overactive immune conditions. LDI is administered sublingually and uses much lower concentrations of allergens than traditional immunotherapy.
What is craniosacral therapy?
The craniosacral system follows a rhythm, and the skull bones accommodate its pulse. It is believed that both physical and emotional problems can create a disturbance in the normal movement of the cranial sutures and flow of cerebrospinal fluid. The practitioner works with the bones of the skull and the pelvis. Craniosacral therapy involves two forms of gentle manipulation: slight pressure on the cranial bones and a small amount of pressure to distract the head, neck, or spine. The adjustments are believed to restore balance to the nervous system and surrounding structures that support it.
What is EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique?
Emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative treatment for physical and emotional pain that incorporates aspects of acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine and Thought Field therapy. It involves tapping specific meridian points on the face and body, while maintaining focus on the issue. 
How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) work?
Injured tissue requires more than a normal oxygen supply to survive. The increased air pressure in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber causes the lungs to oxygenate blood more than would be possible under normal air pressure. The extra oxygen in the blood also helps fight bacteria and stimulates the release of stem cells which promote healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is considered a generally safe procedure, and is usually a multi session treatment. It has been noted that with repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed.
What is Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system that originated in India. Ayurveda holds that disease results from an imbalance in a person's consciousness and focuses on lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. Treatment starts with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. Ayurvedic medicines are regulated as dietary supplements rather than as drugs in the United States. They are not required to meet the safety and efficacy standards of conventional medicines and must be used under the guidance of a trained practitioner.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy method used to treat trauma, PTSD, panic disorder, anxiety and depression.  EMDR may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself. It is not a "talk therapy". Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result from their own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. EMDR allows the brain to access its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective treatment for trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.
Can I schedule a Wellness Consultation with a Doctor who sees patients after hours?
PreferredMD’s online service allows you to filter for Wellness Doctors with availability after 5 p.m. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page. 
Can I schedule a video visit online with a Wellness Doctor?
PreferredMD’s online service uses a purple video icon on the profiles of Wellness Doctors who offer online video visits. You can filter your search results to show only Wellness Doctors who offer video consultations. 
Are video visits with a Wellness Doctor covered by my insurance?
Most insurers provide coverage for video visits at the same rate as in-person visits. You can search on PreferredMD specifically for Wellness Doctors who accept your insurance for video visits. Select your carrier and plan from the drop-down menu at the top of the page to verify. If that information is not available, we recommend you check with your insurance carrier directly to confirm your coverage and out of pocket costs for video visits. 
Can I find a Wellness Doctor who sees patients in the morning or evening?
PreferredMD’s online service allows you to search specifically for Wellness Doctors who have appointments available before 10:00 am, or after 5:00 pm. Just choose the special hours filter at the top of our search page. 
Can I book an appointment online with PreferredMD for a Wellness Consultation?
Now that you’re here, you can use PreferredMD’s free online service to find Wellness Consultations and book appointments instantly. You can easily search for a Wellness Consultation in your desired location and specify your insurance plan. Based on that information, you’ll see a list of Doctors who meet your search criteria, accept your insurance, and their available appointment slots. 
Is Dry Needling the same as acupuncture?
Dry needling is also known as Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). TDN uses a filiform needle inserted into musculoskeletal trigger points to induce a mechanical effect known as a localized twitch reflex/response [LTR]. The pain relief response is due in part to the specific effect the needle has on the tissue/area being treated. It is also thought that the localized twitch response initiates a break in the pain cycle. Unlike Chinese acupuncture, which uses specific energetic points for needling, in TDN treatment the needle is inserted into musculoskeletal trigger points to bring about pain relief.
Can Prolozone therapy help with my joint pain?
Prolozone is a technique that combines the principles of neural therapy, Prolotherapy, and ozone therapy. It involves injecting combinations of procaine, anti-inflammatory medications, homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, and ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints. The ozone gas stimulates cells in joints and soft tissue to start repairing themselves. 
Can I specify a Wellness Consultation with a male or female Doctor?

PreferredMD’s online service allows you to filter your results for Wellness Doctors by gender. That way, you’ll only see Doctors who match your preferences.

How can I find a top-rated Wellness Doctor?
You can use PreferredMD’s online service to find Wellness Doctors who are highly rated by real patients. Every time a patient completes an appointment booked on PreferredMD, they are invited to review their experience. All ratings are based on verified reviews submitted by real patients. Each review must comply with PreferredMD’s guidelines. 

Wellness Medicine
Functional Medicine – Integrative Medicine - Holistic

“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” NOT! Instead of finding the quickest way to eradicate symptoms, a Wellness Doctor is going to get to the “why” of your condition.

The practices of medicine that are categorized as Wellness, Functional, Integrative, and Holistic are very similar in many respects; they approach the treatment of ailments with a whole body, holistic philosophy. These medical disciplines often bridge Western and Eastern medicine and take a healing approach that incorporates physical, emotional and environmental factors into a patient’s treatment protocol.

Wellness practitioners believe that treatment strategies that only focus on relieving symptoms, as with prescription of medication, or surgical interventions, incompletely address root causes of an ailment, which may be attributable to multiple factors. While Wellness practitioners are not categorically opposed to the use of medications or surgery, their initial approach is to treat illness and pain conditions using the intrinsic healing properties of the body.

Medical Wellness

  • Provides balanced, appropriate application of wellness modalities that are evidence-based practices within the clinical setting.
  • Promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to patient care, based on informed consent and decision support between the practitioner and patient.
  • Establishes a foundation for dialogue and collaboration between conventional and complementary practices with the primary goal of promoting optimal health and well-being.
  • Promotes the development and application of professional standards for wellness practices across clinical practices.

Wellness – Getting to the “why”
Functional – Integrative and Holistic Medicine

Functional, Integrative and Holistic practitioners focus on the “how and why” illnesses occur. These Doctors use comprehensive testing, natural supplements, and holistic practices to heal the root cause of varying, and sometimes seemingly unrelated symptoms.

The model of care is a patient-centered approach to chronic disease management. Prevention and healthy self-care is encouraged. Practitioners address the immediate health problems, as well as the deeper causes. Consideration is given to the physical body, the biochemistry, a patient’s psyche, history of emotional trauma, bioenergetic stress, and the genome.

Specific, comprehensive testing is done to diagnose the root causes of the complaint for each individual. The patient’s entire medical history is used to identify the origin of the problem, including triggers such as poor nutrition, stress, toxins, allergens, genetics and the microbiome. Once the triggers are identified, a customized healthy living plan is prescribed for the patient.{' '}

Treatment plans address physical needs, including nutrition, exercise and sleep, as well as mental and emotional stressors related to family, work and community life. They may include curated therapies such as supplemental enzymes and vitamins to assist the body in healing. Food is a first-line therapy in Wellness Medicine. Practitioners believe that the right nutrition combined with lifestyle and behavioral interventions enables patients to take charge of their health. The patient’s treatment plan may also include chiropractic, deep tissue work, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and detoxification services.

Chiropractic care is another aspect of a comprehensive Wellness medicine approach because it helps patients achieve optimal health. Chiropractic is the science and art of restoring and maintaining health through the gentle, careful manipulation of the body joints and spine in order to restore normal nerve function. The integrated Wellness model is especially relevant with chiropractors who treat complex but common illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It is also the most efficient treatment modality available to address spinal and extremity immobility that develops as a consequence of postural stress.

Characteristics of Wellness Medicine

  • The patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including body, mind, spirit and community.
  • Providers use all healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive are used whenever possible.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • The care is personalized to best address the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.

Procedures/Treatment modalities

  • Allergy Testing
  • Bioenergetics Therapy
  • Biointegration
  • Bioresonance Scan
  • Brainwave Entrainment
  • Cardiovascular Functioning
  • Cellular Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Cold Laser
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Detox Therapy
  • Digital Acupuncture
  • Emotional Therapy
  • Foundation Training
  • Functional Neurology
  • Health Coaching
  • Homeopathic Needling
  • Homeopathy
  • Human Behavior Modification
  • HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
  • Infectious Disease Testing
  • IRT (Item Response Theory)
  • Lyme Disease Testing
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Metabolic Function
  • Mindfulness
  • Mold Testing,
  • Movement Coaching
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neurologic Chiropractic
  • Neurological Testing,
  • Nutrient Testing,
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • PEMF Technology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Scar Tissue Release
  • Sleep Therapy
  • Soundwave Therapy
  • Stool Testing

Symptoms/Conditions treated

  • Acid Reflux/GERD
  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Amenorrhea
  • Autoimmune
  • Candida Overgrowth
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Food Intolerances
  • Fourth Trimester Support
  • GERD
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Goiter
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Infertility
  • Libido Issues
  • Leaky Gut
  • Lyme Disease
  • Menopause
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mystery Illness
  • Parasitic Infection
  • Perimenopause
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
  • Pregnancy & Lactation Support
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prenatal Preparation
  • Skin Conditions
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Weight Conditions

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